Charles Polidano questioned by police for bribing a senior private company official

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Construction tycoon Charles Polidano was arrested and questioned Friday morning on suspicion of money laundering and corruption.

His lawyer, Jean Paul Sammut, confirmed to Malta Today that Polidano was questioned on Friday morning and is awaiting a decision from the police on his release.

MaltaToday is informed that he is suspected of bribing a senior official – allegedly the CFO – of a large private company based in the Malta Freeport via the sale of property.

Times of Malta reported that Polidano was arrested after extensive investigations on suspicion of money laundering and corruption.

The newspaper reported that her son was also detained by police over the matter.

This isn’t Polidano’s first brush with the law. Last year, Polidano was questioned by police on allegations of threats, use of force, bodily harm and revenge porn.

Months before, he had received several court documents ordering him to pay a whopping €40 million bill, some of which date back to the 1990s.

In 2021, he was fined €22,000 for animal welfare violations at his Montekristo Estates Zoo in Siggiewi. He initially pleaded not guilty but eventually filed a confession.


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